Updated August 2018
On April 17, 1964, a woman named Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world when she landed her single-engine Cessna, named “Spirit of Columbus”, at Port Columbus International Airport. In 2013, The Columbus Foundation created the Spirit of Columbus Award to recognize individuals who, like Jerrie, “have exhibited an exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments”. Today, the phrase has taken on new life as our community has embraced it to celebrate anything local “that distinguishes and inspires us”. As someone who has lived in and been inspired by Columbus my entire life, I’m clear that list is long. Columbus is the best city in the world!
Which is largely why I was so thrilled in 2015 when Yay Bikes! was invited to take over Bike the Cbus, Columbus’ annual neighborhood bike ride event. Now in its 11th year, Bike the Cbus is a shining example of all that makes this city exceptional. In the tradition of rides like NYC’s Five Boro Bike Tour, Pittsburgh’s PedalPGH and Detroit’s Tour de Troit, Bike the Cbus showcases 30 miles of the best of our city’s urban core and surrounding neighborhoods—Southside! Merion Village! Franklinton! Victorian Village! OSU Campus! Clintonville! University District! Weinland Park! Milo Grogan! King Lincoln Bonzeville! Olde Towne East! Children’s Hospital! Downtown! Brewery District! Whittier Peninsula! Bicentennial Park! German Village! More! And for Bike the CbusPLUS riders, all of Franklin County!
You’ve experienced many of these places, sure. But have you experienced them at the speed of bike? Because THAT is when you know, truly and intimately, the magic of a place—its smells, its hidden nooks, its vibe, its story. I promise you this. Ride a bike through Columbus and you’ll fall in love with it, or fall in love all over again. Something you experience riding Bike the Cbus or Bike the CbusPLUS will surprise and delight you. Whether it’s the hospitality of a local business, a route that shows you a better way to get somewhere, a picturesque view of the city, the new friends you make or something else entirely, you’ll emerge from this ride Columbus Proud. Guaranteed.
This is our ride, Columbus! Yet another reason to be proud of this place and its people!
So I personally invite all of you to embrace this community asset and join me in celebrating the Spirit of Columbus by registering for Bike the Cbus or Bike the CbusPLUS today! All profits from the ride go directly to support the advocacy work of Yay Bikes!, which works to make bicycling better all year round. It's a feedback loop that keeps making this city of ours a national draw. Yay you! Yay us! Yay ColumbUS!
Mark it. September 1. See you there!